Should you use Toner?
Posted by Dr. Weiner on 8/22/2013
TO TONE OR NOT TO TONE….THAT IS THE QUESTION.
In over 33 years of practice, I’ve frequently been asked,
“Why do I need a toner?” After
acknowledging this as an excellent question, I reply, “You don’t, but if you want
to achieve the best results from your Obagi products, you should absolutely use
Obagi’s toners are formulated to accomplish several things
to maximize your skin care.
- Improve absorption of products placed on the
skin after the toner
- Tighten skin and decrease pore size, while still
Using any cleanser will alter the normal acid/base balance
of the skin surface. Bar soaps for body
use can be particularly harsh. Washing
will strip away the usual acidic state which helps protect against bacterial
build-up. Oil and sweat will naturally
reestablish skin acidity within a few hours,
However a toner will rebalance the pH as it is being applied. This results in overall skin health (less
bacteria) and allows skin care products placed afterwards (Clear, the
appropriate exfoliant, and Blender) to absorb much better.
Both NuDerm and C-Balancing Toner (this is for oily skin
only) contain an organic astringent, witch hazel, which helps tighten skin and
decrease pore size. It is found in
greater concentration in the C-Toner.
More importantly, you have to realize that an astringent can be too
drying. And that’s why it is important
that it be combined with the correct amount of moisturizer to prevent
this. Obagi has made the C-Toner to
provide more of the astringent effect, whereas the NuDerm Toner has the perfect
combination for dry, normal or oily skin.
So in order to maintain that healthy skin glow while not
looking to “greasy” or “shiny”, I highly recommend using the Obagi toner that
best suits your needs.